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THe HouSe on CRuTCHeS MuSeuM also replica items of period costume, and you can try some of them on! This is also the home for changing temporary displays or exhibits and items for sale exclusive to and representative of the House on Crutches and Bishop's Castle and district. Upstairs, the Town Room displays the history of local businesses. Here you will find displays on the clog and shoe making industries, the story of drovers, also local breweries, chemists, tailors and other trades in the town. The House on Crutches Museum in Bishop’s Castle is situated in a remarkable timber framed building dating back to Elizabethan times. It houses an extensive social history collection covering many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire. It is tucked away up a cobbled street adjacent to the Town Hall at the top of the High Street. The story of this unique small town is told through displays of local artefacts and memorabilia, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rural life and farming were very important in this area on the remote borders between England and Wales, but the town supported thriving industries such as brewing, shoemaking and tanning. It also provides a glimpse into domestic life at a time when industrial innovations began to find their way into rural homes across the country. The first room you enter is the kitchen. Here you will find a replica cooking range and accessories and a display devoted to wash days. There are
The Agriculture room is devoted to farming and countryside pursuits in Bishop's Castle’s surrounding rural area. Here is the museum’s collection of tools used in and around the home and farm. The Parlour houses the museum's collection of children’s toys and domestic pastimes from the 19th century. The doll’s house dates from the 1920s and was made locally by an elder brother for his young sister. Much of the furniture inside is original. Visiting children enjoy playing with the toys in the Parlour. The museum is managed and staffed by volunteers, and opening times are generally weekend afternoons between Easter and Michaelmas. Groups and those requiring tailored educational visits are welcome at any time during the museum's opening season by prior arrangement. Please contact the museum on 01588 630556 (answerphone) or by email via the website www.hocmuseum.org.uk to discuss your requirements.
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